Sometimes we eat food we think are healthy or safe enough. But what you don’t know is that some of these foods, while not necessarily detrimental to your health, might do you harm in the long run. Here are some surprising facts about the food you eat.
You’re probably laughing, because obviously this one is a no-brainer. But then, this goes out for alcohol lobbyists who contend that a daily dose of alcohol is healthy. However, this rule of course is only applicable when practiced in moderation. According to American Heart Association, an average of two bottles a day is enough. For shots, two jiggers would suffice. For obvious reasons, this practice is not advisable for pregnant women or couples trying to conceive.
Apple seeds, like apricot and peach seeds, contain a chemical called amygdalin which when combined with intestinal enzymes produce hydrogen cyanide. This is the very same poison used by the Nazis for gas chamber mass execution during the Second World War – but at a much higher dose. Don’t write off apples from your diet just yet. For this to happen you would need to chew and consume a lot of apple seeds, but then again, why would you do that?
Or MSG (finally you know what it means) is a flavor enhancer Filipinos are very fond of. Many mouths and stomachs have been fed and satisfied over the years as many home-cooked Filipino meals have been sprinkled with this, and has since become part of our culture. While the Food and Drug Administration has generally recognized and vetted the safety of MSG, there are still some adverse reactions experienced by a few people. While there is no definitive link connecting these incidents to MSG, the proclamation of its safety is of course under the recommendation that it is ingested in moderation.
Many people would rather drink their fruits and veggies than eat them. While this isn’t necessarily wrong, nutrition experts and dieticians recommend that it’s still best to eat your fruits and veggies whole as opposed to turning them into juice.
Whole fruits contain fiber, which is essential to our general health. However, fiber content in most fresh fruits gets lost during the commercial juicing process. Moreover, fruit juices and smoothies might just be the very reason why your diet is not working.
According to an article in The Sunday Times, “Fruit juice isn’t the same as intact fruit and it has as much sugar as many classical sugar drinks. It is also absorbed very fast so by the time it gets to your stomach your body doesn’t know whether it’s Coca-Cola or orange juice,” says Susan Jebb, head of diet and obesity research at the Medical Research Council’s Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge.
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